Sunday, 14th May, 2017
From under the Comme des Garçons umbrella comes Ganryu, one of our favourite lines from the boundary pushing Japanese label. The current workwear inspired season features a number of quality pieces with a range of interesting construction details. With emphasis on fabric and cut, Ganryu offers a refined take on the traditional workwear style.
Focusing on some of the more neutral tones, the label has come through with an impressive olive colour pallet. The Cotton Work Shirt is a light weight over shirt, constructed from a super light weight washed cotton fabric. The tone is matched with the overlay detail on the Insert Patch Tee. The workwear accents provide a unique quality to the staple tee.
Friday, 12th May, 2017
Ganryu have dropped some heat this season with a number of workwear inspired pieces. From under the Comme des Garçons umbrella, Ganryu take a somewhat more creative approach to design, resulting in a very unique style that often pushes the boundaries of streetwear.
The Ganryu Patchwork Work Pants are made from a heavy weight cotton canvas with a number of overlay details that contribute to reinforcement. With an oversized cut, the signature detail on the Work Pants is the cinched drawstring waist. The model is also available in a Hickory Stripe with denim overlay details.
The Ganryu Coach Jacket in White is a simple interpretation of a classic sportswear model. Instead of a normal nylon outer, a super soft calico cotton with slight flecking has been used, finished with the standard drawstring hem and snap button closures. The result is a clean, minimal blend between workwear and the classic sportswear silhouette.
Saturday, 6th May, 2017
The latest season from Deluxe sees the Japanese label taking a refined approach to a 1950’s workwear aesthetic. With the return of a number of staple designs, emphasis is on fabric and texture. The Bradley Shirt from Deluxe is one of their most popular shirt silhouettes that is reworked seasonally. The current offering is made of a textured woven cotton with a vibrant checkered pattern. As always, the shirt feature the signature Deluxe hidden side seam pockets, providing the shirt with a functional element.
The Big Up Pants are a standout cropped dress pant from the current season. Available in both black and grey, the Big Up features two tuck pleat detail and is constructed from a super breezy tropical summer weight wool blend. As always, all garments are made in Japan with meticulous attention to detail.
Also featured is the visvim 20L Ballistic Backpack in Navy. Constructed from military grade ballistic Cordura nylon, this premium piece of luggage is built to last. Further details include a neoprene laptop sleeve, media player pocket with headphone cord port and signature hand painted visvim detail.
The Common Projects Tournament Low in white suede is coupled with the sock from Canadian brand, Maple. True to their minimal aesthetic, Common Projects have delivered a versatile sneaker for everyday wear.
Thursday, 4th May, 2017
With the recent arrival of visvim to the Apartment shelves, it seems only fitting to highlight what is arguably the most recognisable silhouette from the brand to date. The visvim FBT sneaker has made quite am impact on the streetwear community,ever since it’s first release as a part of founder, Hiroki Nakamura’s second collection in 2001. Nakamura regards footwear as a daily tool and for this reason, believes that quiality and performance are of the highest priority. It is this search for quality that remains the driving force behind visvim design.
Since the original Elk Leather model, the FBT has taken many forms, with variations in design details and materials. The current season offers a rough suede in both Black and Camel. The design takes inspiration for the Native American moccasin with a number of leather and suede details, most notably, the skirting that wraps around the ankle. The current iteration features a solid skirt with leather tie fastening and glass beading detail.
The FBT is known for it’s quality and individuality. This may be due to the contrast between the raw materials of the upper and the more contemporary sneaker sole. The shoe is set on a replaceable Vibram sole with brand detailing on the outer back half. In creating the concept for the FBT, Nakamura was determined to design a product that would fit his criteria of quality materials and construction with a Native American influence, as well as the practicality to be worn in the city. As a result, the sneaker sole was chosen. The Vibram sole compliments the upper, creating an extremely comfortable shoe that is easy and practical to wear.
Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017
Carhartt W.I.P. aligns with Australia’s own P.A.M. (Perks and Mini) for a capsule collection inspired by vintage radio. Featuring Brisbane’s own Bad Taste House Collective, we wanted to take a look at a few of our favourite pieces from the range. With an eclectic taste, the DJ collective known as BTHC are regarded for their weird and wild selection. The following collaboration sees P.A.M. add their signature quirky artwork to the always dependable Carhartt W.I.P staples. Further details can be found online at Apartment or in store.
Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
Founded in 1998, the Head Porter label is an ongoing collaborative project between Tokyo’s “Yoshida Kaban” and streetwear pioneer Hiroshi Fujiwara. Originally known for the production of premium luggage goods, the Yoshida aesthetic is complimented by Fujiwara’s background in streetwear to produce Head Porter Plus.
With a fairly minimal aesthetic, Head Porter Plus finds beauty in the details, prioritising fabric and construction. The Pocket Sweater is a refined take on a classic garment. Obvious details include the front chest pocket with tonal snap button closure and the cotton/polyester blend fabric that has a slight sheen and silky touch. However, mention must be made to the finer details, including the side split seam on the lower hem and scoop neck collar finishing.
With cooler weather on the way, it’s finally time for beanies and denim. The Norse Projects Beanie is made of 100% lambswool and is available in Marginal Blue and Charcoal Melange. Made in Portugal, the beanie is clean and simple with minimal detailing.
Founded in Tokyo in 1969, Edwin is one of the original Japanese denim brands. As the name suggests, the Rainbow Selvedge ED-55 features a multi-coloured selvedge line on the outer leg seam. As a part of their European division, Edwin incorporate the knowledge gained over past decades to create modern interpretations of their vintage models. The current take on the ED-55 model features a heavily distressed denim with a mid wash, allowing for strong variance in the colour of the garment. As the denim is washed and worn, the indigo colour fades accordingly, creating a whiskered appearance. In this case, a further level of distress is taken, as can be seen in the tearing and patchwork detail that runs down the front of the leg. This has definitely been a store favourite from the current season.
Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
Known for their minimal aesthetic and exceptional quality, New York label Common Projects have delivered yet another strong season. Accompanied by the classic Achilles and Tournament silhouettes, this season also sees the reinvention of the Derby. The Cadet Derby is inspired by the stock military dress shoe. Constructed of a soft suede upper, this refined take on the classic dress shoe is certainly unique.
Made in Italy, the Cadet Derby sits atop a crepe sole, allowing for a heightened level of comfort and durability. The light coloured sole and canvas heel pull contrast nicely against the deep navy suede, complimenting the signature size and model number located on the back heel.
Friday, 7th April, 2017
The latest collection to arrive in store is from our Canadian friends at Maple Co.
Each season brings a collection of accessories that are heavily influenced by their rugged North American environment alongside reinterpretations of vintage Japanese work wear. Focusing on sustainable materials, quality craftsmanship and functional design, each Maple product adds just that little bit more soul to your story.
The Maple Longtail Keyring comes in solid brass, with Maple’s signature leather and glass beading accents.
This is one of our favourite pieces from the season: the extra long “Star Concho” belt. Designed with extra length to either hang or tuck and finished with a beautiful thick cut yet soft textured cow leather.
A staple for most seasons, the Bolo Bracelet is now available in bold silver coated glass beads with a leather lace core.
Thursday, 6th April, 2017
The Store has seen a lot of new arrivals roll through the door in the past few weeks with a few stand out items. Most notably the latest season Jungle shirts from Wtaps. Wtaps has become renowned for their military inspired collections, with each seasons focus subtly shifting to highlight slightly different fabric makeups and treatments. This seasons Jungle shirt comes with the signature four pocket detail with a sleeve pocket update. Fabrication this season is in a heavier weight cotton chino fabric, that has undergone a wash process to create a heavily worn vintage effect. A classic Wtaps piece that can be worn as an over shirt / jacket, that will only get better with age.
We’ve paired this up with the Edwin Labour pants. This seasons Edwin offering has really impressed, including an expansion of their “Indigo” capsule. This season they have also stepped out of their standard classic pant offering to offer slightly more adventurous takes on classic workwear pieces. The Labour Pants being our stand out favourite. Using their classic Union Slim Work Chino as the inspiration, they’ve used the same fabric as last season, a smooth textured highly durable poly/cotton blend that has a subtle sheen. This season updating the fit with a much fuller straight and slightly cropped leg whilst maintaining the same front workwear pocket details. The most interesting aspect of the pant is the subtle elastic detailing on the back waist band, allowing for a much more comfortable fit and greater movement. Also check the slightly heavier weight indigo dyed version that comes in a beautiful linen textured cotton.
Subtle accessories supplied by the latest seasonal updates from Maple Co. The extra long “Star” Concho belt and wallet chain. Incorporating some luxurious yet hard wearing materials and hardware and all hand crafted in their native Canada. The beauty is in the details.
Wednesday, 5th April, 2017
So in case you missed it, A Love Supreme crew joined forces with Melbourne’s Crown Ruler to celebrate the release of their EP Focus – Zulu. This EP is a remastered and rereleased version of the album’s original 1983. The party was at West End which made for a great dance floor, thanks again to the crew from Ben’s Burgers. Thanks to every one for showing up for a boogie we were feeling the disco and funk vibes all night!
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